Richard Chenoweth

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Richard Chenoweth was more or less prominent in the early history of the Falls of the Ohio, afterwards called Louisville. He was the Sheriff of Kentucky County, Va., at the time Clark headed the expedition from Kentucky, into Ohio, and did severe damage to the homes of the Indians that fall of 1778. The savages never again invaded Kentucky with as large and well organized body of warriors, though they kept up the horrors of such warfare for about ten years. ht_chenoweth.JPG (21240 bytes)

The story goes that Clark seized a barrel of liquor, and took it away on his boat that formed part of the expedition from Louisville. That liquor had not been paid for, when Clark returned, and the citizen who owned the liquor got out some kind of a paper for the sheriff to serve on General Clark. But the sheriff was too wily to try to take the general before the court, and directed one of his deputies to serve the paper. General Clark said he took the liquor in the public service, for the use of men defending the home of the owner. The deputy was convinced that he could not take the General, under the circumstances. This incident is mentioned to show that Richard Chenoweth was well known then. Not long after the return of Clark's expedition, Chenoweth, in about 1785, became a part owner of a fine tract of land on one of the tributaries of Floyds Fork, not far from Col. Floyds station or fort. Jefferson County at that time had quite a number of small forts or stations, as some of them were called. The Chenoweth's lands were on a rolling country bordering a mall stream, not more than two miles, or three, perhaps, east of Middletown, and some miles Northwest from Floyds Station. He built a substantial and for that time a good sized log cabin, erected a stone spring house over the spring nearest the house, making it a kind of fortress in case of attack by the Indians, and putting in rafters, made a loft to it, and entered from below by a ladder, or by a window from the outside, if one could scale the wall. He cleared considerable land, and was raising crops the summer of 1787. A great-grandson now living, Dr. W. J. Chenoweth, of Decatur, IL., says: "The family had now been living at their cabin long enough to plant corn, sow wheat and rye, build fences, and feel secure from Indians." A daughter Naomi was born after they settled in Louisville.

Taken from Alfred Pirtle's "The Chenoweth Family Massacre", 1921

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